Sunday’s FA Cup fourth and fifth round preview
Chelsea (1/6) twice had to fight back from a goal down to set up this fourth round replay with League 1 side Brentford (16/1, draw 6/1).
The much maligned Fernando Torres (5/2 FGS) was the man that saved Rafa Benitez's blushes with a superb late goal, but after yet another poor display during the week his place in the team is far from certain.
The Spaniard featured in Europe due to Demba Ba (2/1) being cup-tied, but you would have to think the fresher and more in-form Ba will get the nod this time, along with the likes of David Luiz (9/1) and Victor Moses (9/2) who also missed the game in Prague.
Brentford also had a game midweek as they beat Stevenage to improve their promotion hopes, Marcello Trotta (12/1) was once again on the scoresheet and Uwe Rosler might be thinking of trying to get a permanent deal for the on-loan Frenchman.
Interestingly, that game against Boro was the seventh time in their last nine matches that they have scored exactly two goals in a game, the price on the Bees doing that again is 6/1; that would be a tall order but the Blues are certainly not watertight at the back so it might not be out of the question.
With the respective teams' goals records I would point you in the direction of our new market that we have launched this week - it is 5/4 that Chelsea win and both teams score in our Match Result and Both Teams to Score market.
The offers on this match are John Terry (16/1) to score in a Blues win, enhanced from 13/2 to 8/1, the opposite scenario with Clayton Donaldson (12/1) bagging in an away win is boosted from 20/1 to 33/1!
This match could decide the future for the losing manager, with Roberto Mancini's Man City (1/5) 12 points behind their rivals United at the top of the table and with only the cup to play for, defeat is unthinkable for the Citizens.
Neil Warnock is under pressure also at Leeds (14/1, draw 11/2) after some poor recent results has left them looking at another season in mid-table obscurity.
The cup competitions have been the one bright spark of what has been a disappointing season for the Whites; the familiar story of star players leaving and only freebies and loans coming in have led to predictable dour performances on the pitch.
While Warnock has worked with peanuts in the transfer market, Mancini can have no excuse for their lack of a challenge in the major tournaments.
The Italian has spent big once again, but once again has failed in Europe having finished bottom of their Champions League group and they have also suffered an early exit in the League Cup after Aston Villa humbled them in the third round.
The one thing that City have on their side though is their phenomenal home record, they have only lost once on their own patch this season in all competitions and suffered just the two defeats in all comps last year, with Leeds' travel sickness you can only really see this going one way.
The prices all point to a comprehensive home win, it is just 2/5 for City/City on the double result market while City -1 is as short as 4/11, I think United could score though and the both teams to score price of 21/20 is tempting.
Ross McCormack (11/1) is the man in form for the Whites ever since leading scorer Luciano Becchio departed, and we have boosted him netting in a shock away win from 18/1 to 25/1.
It could be any number of players that find their way on the scoresheet for City, but we've enhanced Yaya Toure (11/2) notching in a home win from 17/10 to 5/2.
Mark Robins welcomes Premier League side Wigan (6/5) to the John Smith's Stadium for his first game in charge of Huddersfield (12/5, draw 11/5).
This could have the real makings of an upset here as the Terriers have recovered some sort of form whereas Wigan are in a real rut and are facing another scrap to stay in the top flight.
Of course Town still have work to do also as they're not out of the woods in the Championship relegation battle yet, and teams around them are picking up wins.
The home team will be able to count on the services of Cup king Jermaine Beckford (5/1) after he was denied permission to play against his parent club Leicester in the last round; the former Leeds man loves the FA Cup having scored 16 goals in 16 appearances, including that famous winner at Old Trafford a few years ago.
Beckford will likely link up with James Vaughan (13/2) and that is who we have included in our offers for this match; we go 5/1 from 19/5 that the on-loan Norwich striker scores in a home win, the opposite scenario with Arouna Kone (9/2) notching in a Latics win is boosted from 19/10 to 3/1.
Ivorian striker Kone is Wigan's second top scorer on six, but Roberto Martinez has always had a problem with players sticking it in the back of the net, for all their pretty football they don't score enough goals.
It makes me think that this one isn't going to be a classic, a 1-0 either way (10/1 HT, 15/2 WA) could be how this one is decided, with a backable price of 19/20 available on under 2.5 goals (4/5 the overs).